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A-Level Film Studies

 

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Exam Board: Eduqas

Entry Requirements: grade 5 or above in English or Literature - it is not necessary to have studied Film Studies for GCSE

Why study Film Studies?

Film is one of the most relevant subjects today. Did you know that every nine days, as much moving image is uploaded to YouTube as the BBC has broadcast in its entire history? Employment in the screen industries has grown by over 20% since 2009 and will substantially outpace the economy wide increase of 3% if the skills shortages in this area are fulfilled. Film Studies has been an academic discipline within universities for over 50 years and is regarded as an academic subject in its own right.

There is so much more to Film Studies than simply watching films. When watching a film, we might regard it as relaxation or escapism. However, the in-depth study of film involves coming from a very different starting point. As well as gaining an appreciation of film as an art form in terms of its visual storytelling, studying film can enhance your understanding of the world in terms of competing values, attitudes and beliefs. Our course also incorporates a creative production element where you will be able to put what you have learnt into practice by making a short film or writing a screenplay.

Film Studies is an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile subject to study, but expect to be constantly challenged and excited by the course. Not only will it change the way you watch film, but more importantly it will challenge you to think in new ways and question or change your perspective on a whole host of issues, for example, representation of race or gender.

What does the course involve?

Where will Film Studies lead me post Sixth Form?

Career paths for students of Film may, of course, include practical avenues such as Film-Making, Directing, Producing and Editing but a qualification in Film Studies also allows you to move into more theoretical pathways such as Film Criticism, Journalism, Teaching and Education. Oxford and Cambridge are now offering Masters and PHD courses in Film Studies and Screen Arts. Many universities, including Russell Group universities, accept Film Studies as an appropriate A level qualification when prospective students apply to study a humanities or arts related discipline.

For more information: Please contact Mrs. Stone: rebecca.stone@sirthomasfremantle.org